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Janet

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Death Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (78)

    Teaming up with longtime friends - NYPD's Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace - Assistant D.A. Alex Cooper investigates the disappearance of world-famous dancer Natalya Galinova, who has suddenly vanished backstage at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House - during a performance. The three colleagues are soon drawn into the machinations of New York City's secretive theatrical community, where ambition takes many forms, including those most deadly.

    Janet says: "Another goodie."
    "Another goodie."
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    I hope these books continue in this vein. It is easy to get into them even though I am not reading them in the order they were written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy: Buchanan-Renard, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (246)

    When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they're dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives.

    Maria says: "A Good One!"
    "Accent"
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    What did you love best about Mercy?

    I am about half way through the book and really enjoying the story. The reader is great for the part of the book where the characters don't have accents.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am from South Louisiana so love to listen to stories that take place there.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her South Louisiana accent is so distracting. It isn't even close to authentic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Except for the distraction of the reader it is good.


    Any additional comments?

    Think it would be so much better to have a person with an authentic accent read those parts of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    Overall
    (4329)
    Performance
    (3141)
    Story
    (3138)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Oh No! It can't be over yet."
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    If you could sum up State of Wonder in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful and Entertaining!


    If you could rename State of Wonder, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a wonderfully written and narrated story. I really hate that it is over and do hope that Ms. Patchett will continue in another book and that Hope Davis will perform it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cry Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (69)

    In the rural parishes of Louisiana's French Triangle, young women are disappearing one by one, only to turn up on the banks of the bayou, strangled and cast aside where they are sure to be found. But there is one trophy the killer prizes above all others, one woman who must be silenced forever.... Attorney Laurel Chandler did not come back to Bayou Breaux to seek justice. That once-burning obsession had destroyed her credibility, her career, her marriage - and nearly her sanity. But when a ruthless predator strikes too close to home, she's lured into a perverse game from which there may be no escape.

    Robert says: "Too whiney."
    "Trite"
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    Would you try another book from Tami Hoag and/or Joyce Bean?

    I have read this author before and was not expecting so much fluff and so little story. This book could have been easily told in a third of the book as there was so much repeat of the same old "stuff". I kept thinking I lost my place and was repeating the same chapter over and over.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tami Hoag again?

    Not before reading more about the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did a good job considering what she had to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Can't think of any.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2618)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1139)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Wonderful, Soft and Loving"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio version is almost always better for books like this where the character's voices are an integral part of the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Precious and Mr. JLB. Both so loving and giving each in their own way.


    What about Lisette Lecat???s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I've listened to the whole series. There were many moving moments in each book.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this series to everyone. They are good stories and the lives, of the characters and their love for their country and traditions was lovely easy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (545)

    In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping a burglar behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and the witness is running into the night - because what he has just seen is a brutal slaying involving the president of the United States.

    Patti says: "Loved the book and the characters"
    "Not A Drama"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, Mr. Brick read this like a drama rather than a mystery/thriller. Really took away from the story for me.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    George Guidall...actually even Mr. Brick if he wasn't so dramatic about everything.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2159)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1181)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "I want my money back!!!"
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    What would have made Shadowfever better?

    Less of the breathless drama. I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes.


    What was most disappointing about Karen Marie Moning???s story?

    As far as I got there wasn't a story at all.


    What didn???t you like about Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante ???s performance?

    She was too breathless and both were totally too fake.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (3554)
    Story
    (3551)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "I was surprised!"
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    This was quite an enjoyable listen. I thought this was going to be another book about a kid getting bullied to the breaking point but was surprised to find it more than that. I thought it predictable but surprised that it wasn't.

    It is sad as a parent to find out things about your children that you would just as soon not know. Not just about the child who is bullied but the child who was murdered. Neither parents knew about these sides of their children.

    Grover Gardener read this so well. Loved it! Hated it! But such a good read.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Kills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Date rape is always difficult to prove, and the case against New York consultant Andrew Tripping is no exception. Tripping and 36-year-old investment banker Paige Vallis had had dinner together three times before the March evening when he invited her to his apartment and attacked her. Or so she says. Manhattan Sex Crimes Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper needs to know all the facts if she is to find justice for Paige Vallis, but Paige seems to have something to hide.

    Dave says: "Solid story. Terrible recording."
    "Not my fav."
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    Loved the continuation of the characters. Not that crazy about the story on this one. Can't really pinpoint anything just not as good to me as the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Likely to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (130)

    New York City's oldest medical center is the scene of a ghastly attack: top neurosurgeon Gemma Dogen is found in her office, where she has been sexually assaulted and designated by the cops as a "likely to die." By the time assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper has plunged into the case, it's a high-profile, media-infested murder investigation. As Alex's passion to find the killer intensifies, she discovers that she is the next target for lethal violence.

    Barbara says: "What?"
    "The First"
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    This is the first but not the last of Linda Fairstein's books that I listen to. I enjoyed the story and am especially hopeful that Ms. Rosenblat is the narrator for all of them.

    Also like that they are priced so reasonably.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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